Vermivora virginiae
(Virginia's Warbler)

Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Parulidae
Family Description: Wood Warblers

Physical Description:
4-4 3/4" (10-13 cm). Gray above and whitish gray below. Yellow breast, rump, and undertail; dull red crownClick word for definition patch; distinct white eyering.

Similar Species- Colima, Lucy's, and Nashville warblers

Colorless push-pull notes: seedle seedle seedle.

Breeds in Great Basin from southeastern Idaho, northeastern Utah, and central Colorado, south to southeastern California, southern Nevada, southeastern Arizona, and central New Mexico. Winters in southwestern Mexico.

Breeds in deciduousClick word for definition woodlands on steep mountain slopes. Also found along mountain streams in sagebrush, or in cottonwood and willow habitat at 1800-2800 m. Winters in arid scrub. In Idaho, species is most closely associated with pinyon/juniper woodlands and nearby riparian areas.

Eats insects. Both sexes have been seen carrying caterpillars to young.

Builds concealed, cup- shaped nest on ground. Forages on ground in thick brush, or flies from perch to catch prey. Species is uncommon cowbird host.

clutchClick word for definition size varies from 3-5 eggs, but is usually 4. Young are cared for by both parents. Little is known about breeding biology.

Element Code: ABPBX01070
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S2,NTMB
National Rank: N5B

Important State References:
No references are available at this time.

Photo by Marcus Martin, ©1999.
Design by Ean Harker©1999, 2000.
Written by Jason Karl, 2000.